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CAIR-New Jersey Welcomes Hate Crime Investigation in East Brunswick High School Attack

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 4/12/2019) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-New Jersey) today welcomed hate a crime investigation against a female high school student who was engaged in a fight with a female Muslim student on school grounds on Wednesday.  In the course of the alteration the Muslim student’s hijab, or headscarf was torn off and the other student hurled racist slurs.

The incident reportedly began as a dispute over seating and escalated to a violent altercation that was video taped.  Both students were suspended as a result of the alteration as is school policy.  Following the incident the other student posted on Snap Chat calling the Muslim Student a “Raghead”.  The other student has been charged with simple assault, harassment, cyber-harassment and disorderly conduct.

See: Fight At East Brunswick High: Teen Charged With Pulling Hijab

https://patch.com/new-jersey/eastbrunswick/fight-east-brunswick-high-teen-pulls-students-headscarf

See: East Brunswick juvenile charged after allegedly pulling hijab off fellow student

https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2019/04/11/student-allegedly-pulled-hijab-off-east-brunswick-high-school-student-superintendent-says/3435319002/

“Students in this state have a right to safety and security while on school premises, and it is the duty of faculty and administrators to ensure that right,” said CAIR New Jersey Executive Director, Jim Sues.  “Bias incidents, violence, and cyber bulling such as was witnessed in this case should never be tolerated, and the laws that protect our citizens from these offenses should be strictly enforced.”

Sues also noted that CAIR New Jersey has offered Anti-Bullying workshops to the local Muslim community and has offered cultural sensitivity training to the East Brunswick school system. 

He added that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

In a published report, CAIR noted a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents and a 15 percent increase in hate crimes against American Muslims since Trump took office.

 SEE: 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted

http://www.islamophobia.org/reports/224-2018-civil-rights-report-targeted.html

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

 La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-New Jersey Joins Wayne Mayor in Condemning Bigoted Flyer

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 3/27/2019) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-New Jersey) today joined Wayne Mayor Christopher P. Vergano in condemning an Islamophobic flyer that was circulated in the neighborhood where a sign had been posted on the front of a house that was written in Arabic.  

The sign was posted on a house which had just been purchased by a Muslim family.  The Arabic translates as “What God has willed. God bless.”

 

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The flyer calls for a meeting “to discuss the ‘unAmerican’ building”, and asks for neighbors to “please ‘Fly our Flag’ proudly and attend the meeting.”   

 

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Mayor Vergano intends to join the meeting to be held today, to remind the citizens in attendance that Wayne is an inclusive community and divisive bigotry won’t be tolerated.

 

 “To suggest that a sign written in a foreign language is un-American is in itself un-American”, said CAIR-NJ Executive Director, James Sues.  “The fact that the Arabic language posted in public would cause this kind of reaction is symptomatic of the Islamophobia that grips this country today.  We applaud Mayor Vergano for meeting with members of the Muslim community and taking a stand against bigotry.”  

 

He noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

 

In a published report, CAIR noted a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents and a 15 percent increase in hate crimes against American Muslims since Trump took office.

 

SEE: 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted

 

http://www.islamophobia.org/reports/224-2018-civil-rights-report-targeted.html

 

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

 

 La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

 

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAIR-NJ Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Verbal Abuse Targeting Muslim Woman in Front of Her House in Jersey City

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 3/19/2019) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for a hate crime investigation of an incident in which a woman verbally-abused a Muslim woman who was wearing and Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

On February 15, a Muslim woman who wishes to not to be identified captured video of another woman, who was blocking her driveway, yelling at her to “Go back to your f***ing country.” 

 

The woman, who was wearing a sweatshirt branded with a nearby school’s name, was cursing at the resident for filming her.

SEE: Woman who wears hijab told to ‘go back to your f****** country’ in incident caught on video

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/03/woman-who-hears-hijab-told-to-go-back-to-your-f-country-in-incident-caught-on-video.html

 

“Hateful acts of verbal abuse such as those allegedly carried out in Jersey City in February should not be tolerated,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “We expect local law enforcement to conduct a full investigation and determine the appropriate action. Unfortunately, we are once again reminded of the poisonous political atmosphere that divides this country along religious and ethnic lines.”

 

In a published report, CAIR noted a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents and a 15 percent increase in hate crimes against American Muslims since Trump took office.

 

SEE: 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted

http://www.islamophobia.org/reports/224-2018-civil-rights-report-targeted.html

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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